Like Mike: LeBron overwhelmed after passing Jordan, his hero

LOS ANGELES, California---From the very first day LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike. James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron's competitive playgrounds and tough streets. As James grew into a tantalizing basketball prospect capable of jumping from high school to the NBA as the No. 1 draft pick, he studied, imitated and drew profound inspiration from Jordan's tongue-wagging dunks, that fadeaway jumper, his competitive fire --- even the little details of the way Jordan wore his sneakers and shorts. James proudly put No. 23 on his back as soon as he could get it as a high school sophomore. He has never ...Keep on reading: Like Mike: LeBron overwhelmed after passing Jordan, his hero

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